Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.
Zach Shephard is the author of dozens of short stories, some of which have even been published in places other than his mom’s refrigerator. He mostly sticks to the fantasy and science fiction genres, because autobiographical tales are a tough sell for a guy whose proudest moment involves eating nine fair scones in one sitting. His fiction has appeared in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy’s Edge and the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series. For a complete list of his published works–including a link to his first-ever sale, “Lovestruck,” which appeared right here at Flash Fiction Online–check out zachshephard.com.
Jason S. Ridler is a writer, historian, and actor. He is the author of The Brimstone Files, and his latest historical work Mavericks of War was called a “visceral read that is also an important piece of scholarship” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Rhodes. He is a Teaching Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and teaches creative writing at Google, Youtube, and for private clients.
After a long career in public service, Marion Deeds retired in 2012 to devote more time to writing. In over thirty years of working with the public in a large bureaucracy, she has enough crazy stories to fill an epic fantasy trilogy easily; only she thinks people would find the work implausible. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction and is forthcoming in Podcastle and the anthology Strange California. She reviews and writes a weekly column for the speculative fiction review site www.Fantasyliterature.com.
Deeds likes reading good fantasy, good science fiction and good writing in general. In her own work, she loves to explore the junction of the everyday weird and the otherworldly. Deeds lives with her husband in Northern California, which she believes is the most beautiful place in the world and she is completely unbiased. She tends several birdfeeders and pays protection to the local gang of squirrels. You can read her blog at www.deedsandwords.com or find her on Twitter: @mariond_d.
Samantha L. Strong (formerly S. L. Saboviec) writes dark and beautiful sci-fi and fantasy stories about complicated characters. Like many Elder Millenials, she’d like to become an herbalist and live in an abandoned (and probably haunted) nunnery somewhere far away from people. She loves drawing sigils on everything, growing plants, and playing with her three adorable daughters. You can find more about her writing at SamanthaLStrong.com. Beating the odds against metastatic breast cancer since 2017.
John (@Wiswell) is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. This is his sixth story at Flash Fiction Online, and it is the first pro zine that believed in his work. His work has also appeared in Uncanny, Nature, and Fireside. He hopes for peace among all people of all universes.